I found a shorter version of this poem on another message board. I modified and lengthened the poem accordingly. Enjoy!
'Twas the night before Cruising, when all through the house
We have much to do, I should stop using this mouse.
Our bags were all packed by the front door with care,
In hopes that out taxi-cab soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
We paid our sitter, who was happy and fed.
When dressed in a sweatsuit and my favorite cap,
I decided to rest for a quick pre-cruise nap.
From the kitchen arose a noise... no clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what's the matter.
In the kitchen I saw standing in her bare feet,
My wife at the table having something to eat.
I laid on the couch to start my nap once again
A noise on our street woke me up. Dammit man!
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
A yellow taxi-cab for us and our gear.
With a short stubby driver, so lively and quick,
I knew that soon we would arrive at our ship.
Faster than eagles he drove down the streets,
In and out of traffic. Oh my, what a feat!
Onto the highway he drove lightening fast
Thru the tunnel and to Logan airport at last.
Around we drove to American Airlines.
I jumped from the cab and smiled a second time.
We tipped the driver and with gear in our hands
We entered the building. Got in line. Made our stand.
Checked our gear, went thru the security line.
At the gate stood our plane, shiny, silver, and primed.
We boarded our plane. It took off really soon,
Four hours later, it's Miami at noon.
We boarded the transfer bus we had paid for
Arrived at the dock. It was 1:44.
A sunny and warm day in Miami, it was
As we boarded the ship for a 7-day pause.
I turned as I heard a shout from our driver,
Who yelled out the names, first loud and then louder:
"Now, Spirit! Now, Conquest! Now Legend and Fantasy!
With Pride on Holiday. With Elation my Destiny!"
To the Promenade deck. The Lido restaurant.
Feed me lunch. Desserts, too. I know what I want!
I relaxed in my shorts in a chair by the pool
It was snowing at home on my house and kids' school.
One prayer I say to myself every night,
"HAPPY CRUISING TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD FLIGHT!"
Ecstasy, Dec. '98
Imagination, Dec. '99
Fascination, Dec. '00
Destiny, May '01
Destiny, Dec. '01
Victory, Dec. 1 - 8, 2002
Gonna sail Conquest, Dec. '03